Science and Key Skills

In addition to their specific content and knowledge, the subjects and short courses of junior cycle provide students with opportunities to develop a range of key skills. There are opportunities to support all key skills in this course but some are particularly significant. The examples below identify some of the elements that are related to learning activities in science. Teachers can also build many of the other elements of particular key skills into their classroom planning.  The eight key skills are set out in detail in Key Skills of Junior Cycle.


Key skill Key skill element Student learning activity
Being creative Exploring options and alternatives As students engage in scientific inquiry, they generate and seek to answer their own questions. They try out different approaches when working on a task and evaluate what works best.
Being literate Expressing ideas clearly and accurately Students will plan, draft and present scientific arguments, express opinions supported by evidence, and explain and describe scientific phenomena and relationships.
Being numerate Developing a positive disposition towards investigating, reasoning and problem-solving   As students engage with science, they will come to appreciate the fun of exploring mathematical problems in the context of a scientific idea and the satisfaction of arriving at a solution.
Communicating Using numbers and data Students will interpret, compare, and present information and data using a variety of charts/diagrams fit for purpose and audience, using relevant scientific terminology.
Managing information and thinking Being curious As students research socio-scientific issues, they will ask questions to probe the problem more deeply and to challenge how they think about the issue.
Managing myself Making considered decisions Students enjoy a wide range of collaborative discussions, providing them with opportunities to listen to different perspectives when considering their options.
Staying well Being safe Students will engage frequently with planning and conducting practical activities: they will learn to recognise when their personal safety is threatened and respond appropriately.
Working with others Contributing to make the world a better place Students enjoy frequent opportunities to discuss and debate issues relating to sustainability. They will learn to think critically about the world and its problems and propose solutions.